Founded in 1909 by the state parliament, the University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia's oldest universities. UQ, colloquially known as a sandstone university, is a research university primarily located in Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. As one of Australia's leading universities, UQ is consistently ranked first for business administration, mining engineering and life sciences in Australasia. UQ also admits the majority of its state's top achievers. The main campus occupies much of the riverside inner suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane central business district. Other UQ campuses and facilities are located throughout Queensland.
The University of Queensland Business School is the business school of the University of Queensland. There are seven areas of research expertise across UQ Business School: Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Management, Marketing, Strategy and Tourism. The UQ Business School is accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS. The Economist has ranked the Business School 10th in the world in its 2016 Global Business School Rankings and 1st in the Asia-Pacific. The 2013 Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA Rankings ranked the school first in Australia.
Brisbane is one of those cities that seems always to be changing, without ever losing its essential heart and character. It’s that most Australian of cities—big-hearted, blue-skied, and with a down-to-earth attitude that soon rubs off on you. Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bun), “Brizzie”to locals, functions on a very human scale. It’s a place where you can cuddle koalas, join bronzed urbanites on the beaches on the weekend, and sunbathe by the Brisbane River while gazing up at the city’s gleaming skyscrapers. Take the lead of the easygoing Brisbanites because Queensland’s subtropical capital is too hot to rush.
Beyond landmarks such as the 1920s City Hall, and the Treasury Building’s graceful colonnades, Brisbane’s major attractions are outdoors. Cool down under a canopy of subtropical foliage at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Gaze at contemporary art at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), dinosaurs at the Queensland Museum, and skyscrapers from the gently revolving Wheel of Brisbane. Koalas—more than 130 of them—beg a cuddle at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
The city center and surrounding suburbs represent fusion cuisine at its finest. Dining and nightlife hotspot Fortitude Valley serves the world on a plate—everything from Spanish tapas to Thai—in chic lounge-style restaurants. South Bank goes alfresco in casual eateries dishing up fresh seafood and modern Australian fare, with glittering Brisbane River views.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at UQ, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. Opportunities for involvement are promoted at the club fair for student clubs. You can also learn more about Student Life at UQ by visiting the University's Campus Life website. QUEST Society (the Queensland University Exchange Student Society) is particularly popular with incoming exchange students.
The University of Queensland is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in February and ends in November. Tulane Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1 and takes place February - June. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place July - November.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 51 - 100 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#39 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that courses at UQ are generally more difficult than courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by UQ faculty. For a list of courses commonly offered at UQ and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see the University of Queensland course catalog.
Students list preferred courses on their secondary application to UQ. For some of your courses, you need to register (sign-on) for classes. For example, you may be required to register (sign-on) for a lecture and a tutorial and/or practical class. For other courses you will be automatically allocated to classes. You can usually sign-on for your classes three to four weeks before semester begins. Not all classes become available for sign-on at the same time. More information is online at http://www.uq.edu.au/startingatuq/sign-on-to-classes.
A standard full-time load at UQ is 8 units -- usually 4 courses worth 2 Australian units (3 Tulane credits) each. Exchange students are allowed to take a maximum 10 units (typically 5 courses) in a semester.
You will find the teaching style similar to the U.S. Some instructors will use a lot of PowerPoint presentations, while others deliver course content in a more traditional manner, with questions and discussion being an integral part of the classroom experience. For most classes, there is a lecture portion taught by a professor and a tutorial taught by a grad student/TA.
UQ is a highly-ranked university and many Freeman students report that it is a challenging academic experience. With hard work and determination, however, most international students do well.
Students are examined continuously over the duration of their semester abroad. Assessment methods are outlined in course syllabi.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
UQ's grading system works on a scale from 0 to 7. 4 is the lowest passing grade. 7 is the highest grade. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at UQ. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see http://www.uq.edu.au/studyabroad/how-to-apply for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
If you want to arrange your accommodation ahead of time and have lots of support and activities at your fingertips, you should consider living in a Residential College. However, spaces at the Colleges are very limited and in high demand. You will need to apply early and are not guaranteed a place.
Off-Campus Student Housing
If you want to be a little more independent (or are unsuccessful at securing a place in a College) but still want to have your accommodation arranged before you arrive, you should consider living in off-campus student housing. This is self-catered, furnished accommodation designed for students and can be booked online from overseas. Preferred providers are listed on UQ's housing website.
The third option is to book temporary accommodation and wait until you arrive in Brisbane to secure permanent accommodation. If you choose this option, you should plan to arrive in Brisbane at least two to three weeks before the start of Orientation as it can take some time to find a suitable place and get settled in. This option offers the widest variety of choices and prices.
NOTE: All dates are subject to change. UQ is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in February and ends in November. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place July - November.